No, not THAT CIA. We mean the beautiful Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. After a whirlwind three days of intense sightseeing, socializing, dining and tire kicking, more than 150 excited and elegantly dressed Lincoln & Continental Owners Club members graced the Anton Plaza at the CIA for a formal sunset cocktail reception followed by a memorable dinner and presentation of car meet awards. The reception and dinner were the grand finale of the 2019 LCOC Eastern National Meet, expertly organized and cordially hosted by Linda and Owen Clarke and members of the LCOC’s Mid Atlantic Region.
Centerpiece of the reception was the last of only 80 Coach Door Continentals built for sale this year to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Continental nameplate. The car was accompanied by officials of Ford Motor Company and Lincoln. It drew admiring glances and numerous photos from the partygoers.
Specially formulated Mark II and Cosmopolitan cocktails plus a selection of wines and beers added to the occasion. A baker’s dozen of Western Region members and Chris Gray from the Northwest Region joined others for the fun. The 13 were Ron Cressy, Ray Gonzales, Jim and Carol HIggs, Stacy and Kerry Roscoe, Elayne Bendel, Jim Ayres, Jan Mc Niel, Marv Wendt, Bruce Hutchinson, Alberta, Canada’s own Dennis Lagrange. and LCOC photographer John Walcek.